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RATINGS: 2373   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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Like Hunter S. Thompson...Gonzo Imperial Porter is deep and complex. This turbo charged version of the Road Dog Porter is mysteriously dark with a rich malty body, intense roasted flavors, and a surprisingly unique hop kick. With Gonzo weighing in at 9.2% ABV, it will bite you in the ass if you donít show it the proper respect. IBUís: 85

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (8100) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2005
12oz bottle. First impression is a leafy sweet hop and cocoa scent. Reminds me a little bit of Three Floyds, very sweet, almost a little irish cream or vanilla and bourbon, but covered in a leafy fresh hop scent. Fairly thick - and a bit harsh, with a twangy bite on the lips. Tastes of grassy chocolate and maybe a little mint and spruce. Grassy, sweet dark peaty and earthy hops and lightly smoky grain. Interesting, but not exactly a great porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 5, 2005
Very good. The first Baltic Porter Iíve tried, so I donít really have any style reference points. It is similar to imperial stouts, so if youíre IS fan (like me) than this is a must-try. I think Hunter would have been proud.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Pours a pitch black color, very nice light brown head. Awesome lacing. Aroma is black licorice, cocoa, grass, chocolate, coffee. Flavor is smooth, and chocolatey, coffee, molasses, earthy tones and a velvet smooth finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NachlamSie (2783) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2008 bottle. Pours thick, a solid opaque black with a dense dark tan head. The nose is of molasses and roasted malts. Solid thick chocolate in the mouth with a pleasant level of bright hops. The finish has some citrus notes amid the roastiness. As I drink it, absurd lacing ensues on the glass. This is a sturdy, bold brew which isnít exactly a conventional porter, but endlessly full and robust.
Revisited on draught
It always struck me as unusual that Flying Dog doesnít offer anything great except for this one truly awesome porter. This time I noticed more of a green hop profile, especially in the aroma, and tons of soy sauce. Letting this warm brings out loads of dark, syrupy chocolate. I still hold this beer in very high regard.
[August 16, 2008]
Bottle at Bier Garden. Pours super black with a very dark head. The aroma has not only rich scents of coffee ice cream, espresso, and burned brownies, but also sharp and clean pine and citrus. The mouthfeel is very syrupy in a delightful way. Hints of ash, espresso, roasted wood, and a surprising U.S. hop presence, though this beer is certainly about monstrous coffee and black chocolate. This is literally an imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MIBRomeo (2561) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
Black pour thick tan well laced head. Smells first of a citrus hop then some weak roasted malt and a smoky note. Odd for a porter but good. Well carbonated coated and lightly creamy palate. Flavor of grass, chocolate, touches of vanilla and some butter. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - OCT 2, 2005
Bottle courtesy of Pailhead
Guess Iím not with the consensus on this one. Nice rich dark reddish-brown with medium tan head. Dry, astringent, bitter dark roast flavor, notes of carbon/charcoal. Gritty palate. Not impressed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2005
Pours with a nice, lush head over an opaque body. Thick and rich and mildly cocoa aroma. The flavor is full and rich - full of chocolate and coffee notes. Well balanced - Iím especially impressed since other Flying Dog beers have been pretty thin and plain, in my opinion. They redeem themselves on this one! A little alcoholic bite, but it doesnít detract from the beerís appeal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
notalush (4910) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2005
Pours inky black with a respectable tan head - aroma of dark chocolate, coffee and plum - just a mild sweetness to this one - the flavor is mostly dominated by an espresso-like coffee bitterness, chased by some cocoa and mild alcohol - medium bodied considering the alcohol content - a little lactose and chalk at the back end of the finish - not a bad baltic porter, but good enough to honor HST?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2005
Coffee, alcohol, malt, sweet aroma. Pours black with this tan head. Tastes so smooth!! too smooth for 9.5%! some coffee in the finish. excellent porter!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2005
Pours black with a nice foamy beige head. Aroma is very roasted with dark chocolate. Strong dark chocolate and coffee flavors with a hint of hops and alcohol in the finish. A really nice porter.

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